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Driver Charged with Intoxication Manslaughter after Horrific Crash

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The driver of a white pickup truck that caused a fatal crash involving six vehicles is under arrest. The wreck occurred on Friday night at about 10:30 p.m. News accounts report that Steven Taylor was driving the pickup on Liberty Road at a "high rate of speed" when he smashed into a Lincoln that was stopped for a red light at Bringhurst Street. That initial collision knocked the Lincoln into the path of an oncoming truck. Other motorists at the intersection then were involved in the wreck.

The force of the impact ejected many from the hit vehicles. Five people were taken to the hospital. The driver and his passenger were thrown from the pickup truck, and the passenger died at the scene. In addition to the Houston Police Department, the Harris County District Attorney's Office investigated at the scene, and since then Steven Taylor has been arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter. It was unclear whether the intoxicant involved was alcohol or another drug; pcp was suspected.

Thus, it appears from these reports that, once again, members of our community are injured and mourning because someone recklessly chose to get behind the wheel of a vehicle when he was impaired. This conduct has predictable results and imposes unacceptable and inexcusable risks on motorists lawfully using our streets and roads. The criminal justice system will now be called upon to mete out justice to the driver if, following proper procedures, he is determined to have violated the law. And the civil justice system will seek to provide compensation to those harmed by this conduct, though often the damages caused in these situations far outstrip the resources of the person who violated the law because the state's minimum limits for insurance are far too small to provide adequate recovery to the victims of such cases.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a vehicle accident with a drunk driver, contact an attorney at the law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz by calling 713-222-7211 or 1-800-870-9584.

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